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Apple’s Messages is an attractive and functional application that delivers chat support for a limited number of services. As a desktop complement for the iOS iMessage system, however, it excels.
Every recent Mac ships with Messages. And we suspect that most people use it solely for its iMessage support. However, you can also connect your Gmail, Yahoo! and AIM accounts and create a single point for accessing all those services.
Messages’ integration with the rest of the Apple ecosystem is what makes it really stand out. From an iMessage-based chat it’s just one button press to launch into FaceTime. We assume that FaceTime voice integration will also come when iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks are released, making it a full service communications tool.
What we would like to see is expanded protocol support. In particular, the lack of Facebook chat support is a bit of a deal-breaker for us and compels us to use other clients. However, your needs may be different.
by Anthony Caruana, Macworld Australia